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Thirteen months after promise, Kwara Governor yet to immortalize Rashidi Yekini

Barely thirteen months after the Kwara State Governor had announced that he will be immortalizing the Nigeria Soccer legend, Rashidi Yekini, a man that had placed Kwara State on the world map as far as Sport is concerned. The State Government under the Administration of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is yet to bring to fruition, his promises.

On the 10th of September, 2020, The Governor had met with Mr. Sunday Dare, the Honorable Minister for Youths and Sports at his office in Abuja, where he informed the Minister that, his Government had concluded plans to immortalize Rashidi Yekini.

At the meeting that was held in the Minister’s office, the Governor disclosed that a bill seeking to immortalize the late Nigerian striker of Irra descent will be submitted to the Kwara State House of Assembly for speedy consideration. The Governor further informed the Minister of his willingness to host the Super Eagles team of 1994.

He was then quoted by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, “We will send a bill to the State House of Assembly to Immortalize Rashidi Yekini with the name of the stadium changing after approval.”

While commissioning the Football House in Ilorin that was named after the Wali of Ilorin, Alhaji Usman Mustapha, the Governor had also told the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick that, “Also we have not forgotten Rashidi Yekini, so we also look to get something good to immortalize him.”

When Harmony Times sought to know why the Governor is yet to honour the greatest Nigerian to ever kick the ball, a source that pleaded anonymity said “there is more to it, than meet the eye.” When probed further, he harped the refusal on cultural differences.

It will be recalled that Kwarans all over the world had always clamoured, that successive State Governments should honour him, by renaming the Kwara State Stadium after the Footballer of Ibolo descent. A call that was rebuffed by successive administration right from 1999 until the Administration of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

In his life time, Rashidi Yekini played 253 games for his different club sides and scored 164 goals. He had 62 caps for the Nigeria national team, scoring 37 goals. A record that is yet to be matched by any successive super eagles player.

The man who was reputed to have scored Nigeria’s first goal at the FIFA world cup, died on May 4, 2012 in Ibadan aged 48years.

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